eMar 13, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots a jumpshot during the second half against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the second round of the Big 12 Conference college basketball tournament at Sprint Center. Kansas won 77-70 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Brown: 'I feel for [Andrew] Wiggins every day'


Kansas Jayhawks’ freshman forward Andrew Wiggins has been excellent for the Jayhawks.

Many pundits, however, view Wiggins as a disappointment.

Before the season began, Wiggins was anointed as the heir to Miami Heat forward LeBron James and was viewed as the unanimous #1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

It would have been impossible for Wiggins to live up to the hype.

Wiggins has been heavily criticized throughout the season and one Hall-of-Fame coach feels bad for him, according to Eric Prisbell of The USA Today.

In his college debut, Wiggins finished with 16 points. A USA TODAY Sports headline that night read “Andrew Wiggins was solid in his debut, but hardly LeBron James.”

Throughout this season, Wiggins has been called everything from a “disappointment” to “underwhelming.”

“I feel for Wiggins every day,” SMU coach Larry Brown said. “You hear one game, ‘Oh, he’s the first pick.’ Then the next game, ‘Oh, I’m so disappointed.’ That stuff drives me crazy. He’s a 19-year-old freshman. He is a special kid.”

Wiggins averaged 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

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